After multiple community outreach sessions, the Wyoming Master Plan is now open for public comment.
The draft for the plan, titled “Wyoming [re]Imagined,” forms a framework for future growth and reinvestment in the city of Wyoming. Upon final approval, it will inform how planning decisions are made related to land use, infrastructure, transportation, parks, recreation, housing and more.
During the public comment period, residents are invited to review the plan and provide comments on the goals, objectives, policies and programs it includes that will guide how the city will develop over the next 15 to 20 years.
“The input we received from the community outreach initiatives formed the foundation of the plan,” said Wyoming Mayor Jack Poll. “Our community knows Wyoming and what it wants for our future. They want to see affordable housing options, flourishing economic development, and preservation and activation of our public parks. This public comment period is hugely important. It gives the community a chance to come forward and tell us if the document reflects what they told us before formal adoption.”
As the blueprint for the city, the planning process for the draft master plan was developed to bring community voices and needs to the forefront. The city said it would involve residents, businesses, developers, workers and other stakeholders in every step of the process.
Wyoming launched the process of formulating a new master plan early in 2019. The process was informed by several sessions of community engagement and stakeholder input throughout last year, according to an earlier Business Journal report. Activities included workshops, focus groups, interviews, special event outreach, online questionnaires, social media and more.
A 20-member steering committee made up of representatives from local school districts, commissions, neighborhoods, businesses, and partners representing Metro Health-University of Michigan Health, Dwelling Place, ICCF, MDOT and others helped to ensure the plan is reflective of the community’s vision.
According to the 2017 U.S. Census, Wyoming covers approximately 24.5 square miles and is home to 75,124 residents.
The Wyoming [re]Imagined document explores multiple topics including a new Land Use Map, and Special Area Plans, as well as chapters on Residential Areas, Economic Development, Community Facilities, Transportation and Mobility, and Parks, Open Space, and Recreation. Each section details what community stakeholders and residents want to see in Wyoming’s future and how the collective vision is implemented.
The land use plan, for example, identifies desired future land uses for all areas of Wyoming, building off the existing development patterns within the city. The plan aims to preserve and enhance Wyoming’s established residential neighborhoods while promoting opportunities for higher density and affordable housing types.
Wyoming [re]Imagined also has a transportation vision to make the city more friendly to pedestrians and cyclists by 2040. The plan emphasized a strong desire from the community for more east-west trail connections to connect neighborhoods and existing parks to the Kent Trails and other community assets.
Wyoming also will work with The Interurban Transit Partnership, or The Rapid, to enhance its transit system for residents. During the community and stakeholder engagement events, many expressed a desire for a transit route linking the Metro Health campus to Rivertown Mall, for example. This would improve service in the panhandle region and provide better access to jobs and amenities.
Residents can view the draft plan and provide feedback at wyoming.gov/reimagined.
After the required 63-day comment period is over, staff will work with the steering committee to review all comments received and determine if any revisions should be recommended. The steering committee will then make a formal recommendation to the planning commission, and the planning commission will recommend the plan to the city council for formal adoption.